Faux-ntain of Youth December 8, 2014Posted by mareserinitatis in photography.
I get the feeling that academics are very averse to photographs. I have to say that it drives me nuts that they will use photos (particularly on university web sites) that are obviously old enough to be middle school children.
I have had at least a half-dozen encounters with folks who, when I met them in person, were considerably more gray or bald or wrinkled or what-have-you than their online presentations would leave you to believe. Not just a little. Recognizing someone who went from having a lot of hair to none at all is a bit rough.
I do understand the desire to make a good impression or to having an attachment to a particular image of yourself. I also realize that photographs don’t always do the best job of capturing someone. I just wish it wasn’t so hard to recognize people at conferences.